For the longest time, I've been using Autoplay Media Studio to create simple launchers. However, it hasn't been updated in s long time and the resulted launcher isn't really portable (folder with resources + 2 dlls must be present). So, essentially, I'm looking for an up-to-date, (preferably) free/cheaper alternative to AMS. The program should have the following features:

  1. Visual GUI editor
  2. Be able to do common tasks (Launch a program,read/write registry, copy/move/delete files/folder, play common media formats, etc.)
  3. Not rely on external programs to use the created GUI (i.e. I'm not looking for Qt Designer)
  4. (Preferably) use a scripting language for task automation
  5. Create a fast-loading portable executable
  6. Create frameless windows of any size.

Is there any such software available out there, that's still under active development? I've tried Googling, but the only results I got were outdated Autorun Software (such as AMS), and simple GUI designers, that let you design a GUI, however they don't contain a compiler and leave it to you figure out what to do with the resulted GUI.

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    For what OS? Android?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jan 19, 2019 at 3:21
  • Also, please describe exactly what you call a "launcher", thanks!
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jan 19, 2019 at 3:22
  • @NicolasRaoul added "Windows" tag. By "launcher" I mean a small GUI program, whose purpose is to run other software, such as autorun programs used in old CD releases to "launch" the installer. A launcher can be used for various tasks, such as replacing several windows shortcuts, or to create quick GUIs for command-line based programs. Jan 19, 2019 at 14:47

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This could be easily accomplished using AutoHotKey and creating an executable via the Ahk2Exe utility or similarly using AutoIT.

Both of them have many functions that will allow you to create a GUI, read/write registry records etc.

Sadly, as far as I know, none of them have a built-in GUI Editor so you will either have to create it by hand, which is not as difficult as it sounds.

You may use a third party tool such as AutoGUI for AutoHotkey which seems to be working as both an editor and GUI creator.

Sadly I can't provide as much information for AutoIT as I am not as familiar with it as with AHK.

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    I've never heard of AutoGUI. I'll give this a try. Jan 19, 2019 at 20:08
  • The preview window is glitching, although the output exe looks exactly as it should. Offers very little visual editing, preview is mainly useful for positioning and only if turn on the borders, since you can't see the actual object. The non-functional (semi-functional) preview window defeats the purpose. Jan 20, 2019 at 3:38

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